WHISTLER, Rex. ~ Henry Brocken. Original watercolour illustrating Henry Brocken by Walter De La Mare.
Watercolour painted on Fabriano art board with ruled borders in ink by the artist and titled, signed and dated by him in ink. Board size 32 x 24 cms, watercolour size 23 x 17 cms.
Walter De La Mare's book Henry Brocken, His Travels and Adventures in the Rich, Strange, Scarce-Imaginable Regions of Romance was first published in 1904. It is an allegorical tale in which Henry Brocken goes on a magical journey through Literature. Hemeets characters from fiction including Gulliver, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Eyre, people from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Keats' "palely loitering knight" etc. This image shows Brocken heading off on his journey through Literature on his horse Rosinante. Henry Brocken was never published with Rex Whistler illustrations. Judging by these illustrations, it would have been spectacular. Provenance: Given by Rex Whistler to his great friend Stephen Tennant and thence to the latter's chauffeur. This is the first time this artwork has appeared on the market.
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